Brian Helmuth

Professor,  Marine and Environmental Sciences
Interdisciplinary with,  School for Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Affiliated Faculty,  Civil and Environmental Engineering



  • 617.373.2059

Research Focus

Ecological forecasting and resilience of coastal environments


  • PhD, University of Washington, 1997

Honors & Awards

  • Google Science Communications Fellow

Research Overview

Ecological forecasting and resilience of coastal environments

Selected Research Projects

  • Bioprospecting for Industrial Enzymes and Drug Lead Compounds in an Ancient Submarine Forest
    Co-Principal Investigator, NOAA Ocean Explorarion
  • Citizen Science, Civics and Resilient Communities: Increasing Resilience through Citizen-Created Data, Local Knowledge and Community Values
    Co-Principal Investigator, NOAA Environmental Literacy
  • Tide Gate Modulation of Wetland Function: Measurements, Models, and Decision Support for Best Practices
    Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation

College Research Initiatives

Selected Publications

  • W. Wang, J. Wang, F.M.P. Choi, P. Ding, X. Li, G. Han, M. Ding, M. Guo, X. Huang, W. Duan, Z. Cheng, Z. Chen, S.J. Hawkins, Y. Jiang, B. Helmuth, Y. Dong, Global Warming and Artificial Shorelines Reshape Seashore Biogeography, Global Ecology and Biogeography, 29, 2020, 220-231
  • Cryan, B. Helmuth, S. Scyphers, Ecological Design for Urban Coastal Resilience, In Handbook on the Resilience of Socio-Technical Systems, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018
  • A.E. Bates, B. Helmuth, M.T. Burrows, M.I. Duncan, J. Garrabou, T. Guy-Haim, F. Lima, A.M. Queiros, R. Seabra, R. Marsh, J. Belmaker, N. Bensoussan, Y. Dong, A.D. Mazaris, D. Smale, M. Wahl, G. Rilov, Biologists Ignore Ocean Weather at their Peril, Nature, 560, 2018, 299-301
  • X. Zhou, X. Ji, B. Wang, Y. Cheng, Z. Ma, F. Choi, Helmuth, W. Xu, Pido: Predictive Delay Optimization for Intertidal Wireless Sensor Networks, Sensors, 18, 2018, 1464


May 22, 2023

Coming soon: A Co-op Experience Living Under the Ocean in the World’s Largest Undersea Science Station

MES/CEE Professor Mark Patterson and CEE Affiliated Faculty Brian Helmuth serve as chief science advisors for the Proteus project, which involves the development of an underwater habitat observatory and lab off the coast of Curacao to research marine science and train for extreme environments like outer space.


Nov 02, 2022

2022 Stanford University Annual Assessment of Author Citations

The following COE professors are among the top scientists worldwide selected by Stanford University representing the top 2 percent of the most-cited scientists with single-year impact in various disciplines. The selection is based on the top 100,000 by c-score (with and without self-citations) or a percentile rank of 2% or above. The list below includes […]


Apr 20, 2021

FY22 TIER 1 Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 17 COE faculty and affiliates who were recipients of FY22 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 11 different projects.


Apr 09, 2019

FY20 TIER 1 Award Recipients

25 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY20 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 18 different projects representing up to $900K dollars of investment in research.


Jul 24, 2017

Patterson, Fernandez, & Helmuth Awarded $300K NSF Grant

COS/CEE Professor Mark Patterson, CEE/COS Assistant Professor Loretta Fernandez, and CEE affiliated Professor Brian Helmuth were awarded a $300K NSF grant for "Tide gate modulation of wetland function: decision support through engineering best practices".


Mar 23, 2017

FY18 TIER 1 Award Recipients

21 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY18 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 12 different projects representing $600K dollars of investment in research.

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